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Flipping the Switch on E-Powered Machine Tools

Matthew Mayer, CEO


Very few, if any, US manufacturers have embraced the idea of hydraulic-free, electrically powered (e-powered) machines—even though many European factories have been trending in that direction for quite some time. The concept is quite significant because nearly every machine tool has a hydraulic system and would therefore benefit from the switch to e-powered components. Full Article

UpFront: Is That New Manufacturing Technology for You?

Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster


October is always a busy month for us here at SME’s Advanced Manufacturing Media. By the time you read this, we’ll be in the full swing of trade show season, where manufacturing technology providers unveil their latest machines, tools and updates. Given that this sector is in the midst of a renaissance—with more creative high-tech solutions than ever before—it is a busy time. Full Article

SME Speaks: There are Many Paths to Manufacturing

Jeffrey M. Krause, Executive Director & CEO, SME


When people make a conscious decision to enter a career in manufacturing, there are several paths available to craft their skills. The education/training route an individual selects is largely dependent on areas of interest and how they like to learn. Whether you want to pursue a research position or become a CNC machinist, you have the ability to earn your degree at a community college or university, or take part in training opportunities (like certifications, vocational schools, internships, etc.) to expand your skills and knowledge of manufacturing. Full Article

Tapping the Potential of the New IT Landscape

Tony Christian, Director, Cambashi


Can we remember life before the acceleration of technology in the last 20 years that has resulted in internet-enabled technologies being both an integral part of daily life and essential tools for business? For manufacturers, the flood of such technologies—cloud computing, smart devices, Internet of Things, mobile communications—is changing the business landscape fundamentally. Full Article

The Evolution of Manufacturing Engineering Training

Tony Glocker, Co-Founder, SolidProfessor


Engineering is changing. Engineering education needs to change with it. The days of “one and done” intensive education are obsolete due to the rapid changes made possible by advanced electronics, software, tools and the internet. Staying current means implementing new ways of learning. Today, continuous learning needs to become a normal part of an engineer’s work week. About three decades ago, experts examined how long it would take before an engineer’s technical skills became obsolete. For mechanical engineers, they determined it was 7.5 years Full Article

Viewpoints: C.A.S.E. Study: Automotive Down Cycle Coming

Mark Wakefield, Managing Director, AlixPartners LLP


It may be tempting to be bullish about the long-term prospects for the automotive sector, given that US auto sales are currently at record levels not seen in 15 years and production capacity is tight from the rationalization during the last downturn. However, the auto industry, globally, remains a cyclical one, and our firm predicts it could face a downturn in the US at the same time new investment requirements ramp up— investments beyond traditional plant and new-vehicle design.
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